Robert Wadlow

Robert Pershing Wadlow (1918 - 1940)

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Robert Pershing "Alton Giant" Wadlow
Born in Alton, Madison, Illinois, United Statesmap
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Died in Manistee, Manistee, Michigan, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 16 May 2020 | Created 12 Feb 2018 | Last significant change: 16 May 2020
22:11: Andrea Taylor edited the Biography for Robert Pershing Wadlow (1918-1940). [Thank Andrea for this]
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  • Known as the world's tallest man, Robert reached a height of 8' 11.1" (2.72 m).

Robert was born in Alton, Illinois in 1918 to Harold and Addie Wadlow.

He worked as a representative for a shoe company. [1]

Robert died at the age of 22 while staying in the Hotel Chippewa in Manistee, Michigan. He was buried in his hometown at the Oak Wood cemetery in Alton. [2]

[url=][img][/img][/url] [url=]Robert Wadlow postcard[/url] [Public domain], by linked from this webpage, from Wikimedia Commons


  1. US Census
  2. Michigan Death Records, 1867-1950. Accessed via [1]
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 11 April 2020), memorial page for Robert Pershing Wadlow (22 Feb 1918–15 Jul 1940), Find A Grave: Memorial #1590, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Alton, Madison County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .

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